Human Systems Integration

Curriculum 

Affiliated Labs

 

Questions about the minor?

Dr. Sean Laraway
Minor Coordinator
Sean.Laraway@sjsu.edu
(408) 924-5679

 

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About Human Systems Integration

 

Are you interested in how people interact with technology? Would you like to apply your interest to the design of better products, from mobile devices to video games? If so, then the Minor in Human Systems Integration (HSI) might be appropriate. HSI is a rapidly growing field with many career opportunities. HSI professionals work in industry (e.g., Google, Apple), medicine and healthcare (e.g., Kaiser), and government (e.g., NASA, US Military, NHTSA, FAA).

HSI involves the analysis, design, and assessment of human interactions with complex sociotechnical systems and products (e.g., aircraft, spacecraft, mobile devices, web sites). HSI professionals study the capabilities and limitations of people using complex systems and apply this knowledge to develop human-centered systems and products optimized to human capabilities.  These optimizations may increase system efficiency, reliability, usability, and safety; as well as minimizing human error. HSI research and application can save lives and money as well as reduce stress, frustration, accidents, and injuries.

This minor introduces students to an interdisciplinary science and practice that will help them work in cross-functional teams. Declaring this minor will show employers and graduate programs that you have completed initial training in the field and could provide a competitive advantage.

Examples of possible career pathways in HSI (may require additional education/training/experience)

  • Aviation safety
  • Cybersecurity
  • Human-computer interaction
  • Management of HSI
  • Industrial design
  • Industrial and systems engineering
  • Product design
  • User experience
  • Usability testing
  • Video game design